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St. Charles Photographer/St. Louis Photographer/Jessica & "Bean"

I almost couldn't contain my excitement when Jessica messaged me with her Mommy & Me session idea. How can you NOT love Tutu's & Heels & Cowgirl boots?? 

Jessica is an amazing Mama. She is rocking is single Mama life with a beautiful little girl whom she nicknamed "Bean"! (I love the nickname!)  The joy from the session really filled my heart with so much happiness. I love when clients come up with amazing ideas that bring their personality to the shoot!

St. Charles Photographer/St.Charles Family Photographer/Ellie turns 2

Miss Ellie is one of the cutest tiny humans on the planet. She was a little shy at first with me and then before I knew it she was jumping on the bed and dancing for me. It is incredible to think little miss is 2 now and going to be a big sister! Ellie is going to be amazing at reading books and teaching her little sister to jump and dance! Thank you Remiger family for welcoming me into your home to capture Ellie turning two. I loved the in home session while she played in her room. I can't wait to meet the new addition to your family.

St. Charles Senior Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Mike Senior Session

Mike is a senior at Fort Zumwalt East which is where we decided to shoot. The trees on their campus were stunning with bright oranges, red, and yellow. It was a photographer's fall dream! Mike is looking forward to joining the military as soon as he graduate, but he is really enjoying senior year while it lasts. We also got to grab some family shots so Mom had some new pictures of her with her boys. I can only imagine how epic "senior year" is in the eyes of a Mom, so I always encourage a family shot.

St. Charles Photographer/St. Louis Photographer/The Maplewood Beauty Bar Salon

The Maplewood Beauty Bar is where I have been getting my hair done for the past two years. Amanda the owner has done my hair for many years before that, just at different salons where she rented her spot. Now, Amanda owns an amazing salon off Manchester Rd in Maplewood, where you can get any number of your beauty needs taken care of. Spray tan, highlights, color, cut, blow out, wedding hair and make-up, and she even hosts Botox nights! 

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Amanda also has an amazing team that conquers weddings with her! Kristin on the left can also be found behind a chair at the salon to help with all your hair needs! Heather on the right, is part of the rockstar wedding team that will glam up your whole wedding party. Want to book your wedding hair team with the salon? Well, Amanda and her team will either travel to you, or let you rent out the whole salon where she will have breakfast & Mimosas waiting for you! You can spend your whole wedding morning there getting ready with your girls. You would have a nice clean place to get ready and spend the morning relaxing with your girl squad! 

Not only is The Maplewood Beauty Bar an adorable decorated and set up salon, it is also kid friendly. You may even get to meet Amanda's son Morgan while you are there! There is nothing better than a family friendly place to get your beauty needs. Sometimes as a Mom, it's just not possible getting away from the kiddos but I never feel uncomfortable about bringing my kids in to the salon. Amanda will greet them and ask them what they want to watch on TV! 

If you are up for a new look, hair do, or just want to try something fun, contact Amanda. If you are looking for that perfect wedding look I know Amanda will conquer it for you. Find her on Facebook to keep up with her fun girls night out events. She has little clothing companies come in all time for pop up events! I also love a good clothing deal with some girlfriends and a drink!

Thanks Amanda for giving me gorgeous hair! 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Hailey & Joe Engaged

I had such a good time with these two. Hailey and Joe have been together for 4 years and are getting ready to experience what the Navy military life has in store. Hopefully he will be done with basic in time for the April wedding! Joe is a more quiet person so I was nervous at first, but then as soon as he started to interact with Hailey, he loosened up and they connect so good. I do believe that Joe's quiet jokes is what keeps Hailey around. Joe is a volunteer firefighter for Dupo IL and when Hailey said she wanted some pictures with the fire trucks I was ready! I love that they added a special touch to their session.

Hailey & Joe's April Wedding is going to be an awesome start to the Jheart 2018 wedding season. Both of them are so sweet that it does not surprise me that they found each other and fell in love. 

St. Charles Engagement Photographer/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Maggie & Catie Engaged

Maggie & Catie are in the 2018 Jheart Wedding Line up. Upon speaking with Maggie I immediately knew this was going to be a great relationship. As soon as I saw them interact with each other I had no doubt this session was going to rock. I asked Maggie a few questions prior to the shoot and one was asking to tell me the story of your proposal and let me tell ya...Maggie did not miss a beat when planning this....

Maggie sent Catie on a scavenger hunt through family and friends. She had cards and flowers delivered to Catie by amazing friends and loved family. She chose all the most important people in Catie's life to present this next life step in all the important places of their relationship. Like the spot where they first met and that is just so beautiful. It really shows why when asked what Catie's favorite thing about Maggie is her big heart. 

Then, after 2 clues, and a lunch with her family here is what the third clue read:

"#3 - You've gone from 1st, to 2nd and now 3rd.  Where do you go from here? Run home! Meet me downtown at our favorite venue.  The home plate from Busch Stadium 2, is where I'll be waiting for you"

Catie then was proposed to with Maggie down on one knee and of course she said yes! 

These two really have an amazing love and being in front of the camera didn't phase it one bit. They really made my heart full after shooting them and I think it really shows in these pictures. 

St. Charles Newborn Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Waylon Newborn

Waylon is going to be one of those little ones that always hold a special place in my heart. Watching him join the world and getting to capture that moment was so amazing. This time, as the Stevens invited me into their home, I got to meet big sister! She is 4 years worth of amazing and loves her little brother to pieces. She instantly wanted to show me everything little brother had and really welcomed me into their life. It was so wonderful to see how much she truly loved this new piece of her life.

Waylon's room was decorated with coloring pages that look like old American style tattoos! Which I learned during the shoot that Dad used to be a tattoo artist. Loved it! Just wait until you see the adorable outfit Mom picked for him that matches his room!

Watching this new family of 4 snuggle up on the couch really reminding why I love what I do. It's moments like this that are so incredible you just don't ever want to forget them. 

St. Charles Photographer/St. Charles delivery photographer/Welcome to the world baby Waylon

Capturing a birth is one of the most amazing things someone can ask me to be apart. Hanging out with a couple while they wait one of the most sentimental moments of their life is a huge honor.

I knew I was going to love these two when I walked in and they were rocking out to music while they attempted to get more sleep. Erica let me know about 6:30pm that she had already been in labor for about 13 hrs & they were still not quite ready to go to the hospital. Then around 9:30 she let me know they were headed to the hospital since the contractions were 5 minutes apart. Unfortunately the hospital sent her home because she was still only 2cm dilated. So the story goes...she went home, took a shower, some Benadryl...got out of the shower...and water broke! Back to the hospital they went at about midnight! 

I got the call to finally join them at 4am, when she hit 8cm and the nurses felt like he was going to be coming pretty quickly at that point. However handsome Mr. Waylon was NOT ready....he spent another 4.5 hours inching his way out. With the final push that brought him into the world, he barely cried, he just snuggled right up to Mom. I am so excited to get to see them all again soon to shoot his newborn pictures so make sure you keep an eye out for that!

St. Charles Photographer/St Charles Wedding Photographer/ Danielle Devin Maternity Film

Since I am new to the film world, I haven't started including them in the original shoots blog. I wait, so that I can really share the film part. These few shots have my heart....The color , the lighting, the grain...all of it. I love them. I am excited to print so of these to have on hand to show clients. St. Charles really does not have a lot of film photographers so I am really excited to start adding this to the Jheart Photography creatives. 

Again as I photographer I am blessed to have Devin & Danielle has clients, and I really can not wait to meet their little boy! Curve River State Park in St. Charles/Troy was a perfect spot for sunset. I'm so glad the rain ruined our first location! Sometimes Mother Nature knows what she is doing for us photographers. 

St. Charles Photographer/Hilton Head Island Family Vacation 2017

It has taken me entirely too long to blog this, but here it is finally......

Wow. Our first family vacation as a family of 9. That's a lot to take in. First and foremost though...we survived. We actually did it & survived, plus we had an amazing time. We wave jumped, we shopped, we ate seafood, and we laid by the pool. All for which makes for an amazing vacation. 

I did blog our visit to the Coastal Discovery museum...check it out HERE!

My family owns a beautiful home on the coast of Hilton Head Island and they are amazing enough to offer it out to us for a whole week to stay. Of course as soon as we reached the house we took a walk on the beach...after the crazy storm had passed. Beach storms can be intense and in a matter of minutes!

The second day we enjoyed a beautiful dolphin cruise where we not only saw many dolphins but BABY DOLPHINS! Everything is better in baby form. The girls as you can see wore out easy and got a litttttle hot. So naturally they melted on the boat. The Island Explorer on the Hilton Head salt marsh was a wonderful experience that I encourage anyone who visits the island.

One evening for dinner we ate at a delicious seafood place called The Crazy Crab, which on some evenings they have a lady come and do crab racing! Another than that they also have a TON of homeless cats that come to eat your crab left overs! We only got to see one, but from what I was told there is usually a lot more that hang out around there. The older kids decided to try crab for the first time! Some enjoyed it but Parker was not a fan. Across from the restaurant in the parking lot there was a place with the funniest statues that Gabby decided we needed to do a photo shoot with. You can tell she is my child!

On Wednesday before we left we spent the evening shopping at Coligny Plaza. The kids got to spend their spending money on gifts to bring back home and for Hunter's birthday that we celebrated the 3 older boys (including my husband) got skim boards to try out on the water! Hunter was a natural! He did so good. Parker is more of a perfectionist so it was harder for him to grasp the concept and to give it time. But watching my husband work with him and be patient with him really reminded me of why I love him. My kids are so lucky to have an amazing father as a Step-Dad. 

Hilton Head was an amazing spot for our first family vacation. We really enjoyed our time together and the adventures. I can't wait to book next summers adventure on the beach and adding new excursion to the list. I am seriously DYING to go shark fishing!